Summer meals program gives kids a seat at the table

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Opinion

June 28, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The USD 257 Summer Meals program is in full swing. Many families are utilizing the free breakfasts and lunches for children up to age 18. Meals are available Monday through Thursday at several locations.

This program is vital to our community. With over 60% of school children qualifying for free and reduced lunch, it’s worth emphasizing that without this program, many children wouldn’t get much to eat during the summer months.

One way you can help keep this program sustainable is to use it. If your children are old enough, let them walk or ride their bikes to the high school, McKinley Elementary, or — starting July 8 — Jefferson Elementary.  Or they can go meet MARV at one of his many locations and have breakfast or lunch there. They can play at the playgrounds afterward, ride bicycles and go exploring, or make plans with friends for a pick-up game of softball or a trip to the pool. Not only do they have breakfast and lunch, but they get to connect with school friends they might not get a chance to see otherwise.

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